I often suggest that to make cloth diapering successful, you need to keep things as simple as possible. For me…keeping it simple means I use a concentrate like Balm Baby and mix it with water and add to a spray bottle. Viola! I have wipes solution! Not to mention that one bottle makes enough that it lasted a year and a half here.
But I know lots of people want to make wipes solution at home. So here are three of my favorite cloth diaper safe wipes solution recipes! Just mix, add to your favorite spray bottle or wipes container and you are ready to go!
Even if you don’t use cloth wipes, these still work with something disposable like paper towels.
There are 4 main ingredients in wipes solutions.
- Water- cleanses and dilutes other ingredients. IMPORTANT: Use distilled water or boil it first (obviously let it cool before use!). At the very least, use filtered water (run it through something like a Brita filter). This helps to prevent yucky things like bacteria from growing in the water.
- Oil- I have heard of people using baby oil. I don’t suggest this as baby oil is made from mineral oil, a petroleum based product. I prefer to use oils from my kitchen instead…coconut oil, olive oil or sunflower oil.
- Soap- helps to clean tiny bums of pee and poo. Many recipes call for baby wash. I prefer an all-natural baby wash, such as Aveeno. Plus, the Earth Momma has a natural, yummy smell. Many commercially available washes have ingredients that are as harmful as those chemicals found in some disposable wipes.
- Essential Oils- this step is optional. Also, do you own research on safe usage as there are certain oil that can’t be used with children. If you do use them go with a quality, organic and pure essential oil (i.e. Young Living or DoTerra) and dilute properly.
Basic (easy) Wipes Solution
-1 ½ cup distilled or filtered water (running it through something like a Brita filter is fine)
-2 tbsp melted (…coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil)
-2 tbsp liquid soap or baby wash
Anti-Fungal Wipes Solution
This is a good one for treating and preventing yeast infection rashes. Leave out the vinegar if using on raw skin, as it will aggravate it.
-1/2 cup distilled water or filtered water
-1 tsp white vinegar
-1 tsp calendula oil
-5 drops lavender oil
-5 drops tea tree oil
-1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel
Lavender and Tea Tree Oil Wipes Solution
Great for rash prevention
-1/8 cup olive oil
-1 ½ cup distilled water
-1 tsp baby shampoo
-2 drops tea tree oil
-4 drops lavender oil
You can play with different combinations of the oils or baby washes and shampoos to see which you like best and which works best for YOU and your baby. If you can, try to use organic and all natural ingredients, as they are better for baby and the planet.
I would only make one small batch at a time. Some of these ingredients act as a natural preservatives (like vinegar or tea tree oil). If you are using what you make in a few months (3-4 months) you won’t run the risk of anything going bad before you have the chance to finish it.
Any of you already make your own wipes solution at home? What is your favorite recipe?
Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.